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Urban Innovation for Livable Cities

Denmark and New York progressing public-private collaboration to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

This year, the backdrop of the conference is the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically their focus on how to create green and livable cities. 

Creating visionary public-private and cross-sectoral collaborations will be a central part of effectively reaching these goals and implementing green solutions and new technologies. The conference will examine how urban livability and clean energy can be accelerated by means of co-creation and partnerships.

The Urban Innovation for Livable Cities conference brings together best practices from Denmark and New York to share knowledge, based on case and technology examples to discuss solutions and partnership strategies that can spur their implementation.


1.30 – 2.30    Conference Kick-off: A Call for Action

The conference kick-off will focus on identifying successful collaborative approaches to spur the local implementation of the global goals and highlight the synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals and local sustainability plans. Keynote by:

      • Mads Lebech, CEO, The Danish Industry Foundation
      • Antha N. Williams, Environment Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

2.30 – 4.30   Thematic Panel Sessions

Track 1:
Promoting Innovative Energy Partnerships

Collaboration can lower barriers and enhance implementation rates and integration of clean energy, new technologies and energy efficiency initiatives. Within this complex and multidimensional area, this session focuses on sharing state-of-the-art solutions, innovative approaches and rethinking collaboration.

                          Track 2:
                          Co-creating Urban Spaces and Communities

The creation of livable, inclusive communities implies rethinking architecture, urban planning, resiliency and community engagement. The panel session will discuss and exemplify how these cooperative approaches, especially co-creation, can be part of creating more sustainable cities.

4.30 - 6.30 High-level Plenary Forum:
                         Visionary Partnerships for Sustainable

On a global scale, there is a growing necessity to rethink partnership strategies and collaborative paradigms. This plenary will present and discuss collaborative visions from various perspectives, including legislative participation, investment practices, economic development and corporate behavior. Keynotes by:

      • Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
      • Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission
      • Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
      • Vishaan Chakrabarti, Founder, PAU and Associate Professor, Columbia University
      • Morten Albæk, Co-Founder & CEO, Voluntas
      • Jesper Nygård, CEO, Realdania (moderator)

6.30 – 7.30   Reception


Practical Information

Tuesday 20 September 2016
1.30 - 7.30pm

VENUE:                                                The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich St. 40th fl.
New York City


We have reached full capacity and are closed for further registration.

  • Andreas Brunsgaard, General Manager US, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Anne Guiney,
    Director of Research, Van Alen Institute
  • Antha Williams, Environment Program Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission
  • Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
    Research and Development Specialist, Con Edison
  • Christoffer Greisen,
    Project Manager, EnergyLab Nordhavn, Technical University of Denmark
  • Finn Mortensen,
    Executive Director, State of Green
  • Geraldine I. Gardner
    Director, Urban and Regional Policy,
    German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Herbert Dreiseitl
    Director for Liveable Cities Lab, Rambøll
  • Jens Birgersson, President & CEO, Rockwool International 
  • Jesper Nygård,
    CEO, Realdania
  • Karsten Dybvad, CEO, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Kent Martinussen
    CEO, The Danish Architecture Centre
  • Kirsten Mariager,
    Senior Consultant, Danish Energy Management & Esbensen Consulting Engineers
  • Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Lawrence Jones,
    Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute
  • Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • Louis Becker,
    Design Director & Principal Partner, Henning Larsen Architects
  • Lykke Leonardsen, Head of Program for Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions, City of Copenhagen
  • Mads Lebech,
    CEO, The Danish Industry Foundation
  • Morten Albæk,
    Co-Founder & CEO, Voluntas
  • Matthijs Bouw, Founding Director & Principal, One Architecture and Urban Resilience Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation  
  • Nicholas Querques
    Project Manager, Technology and Business Innovation, NYSERDA
  • Nicole Ferreira,
    Vice President for Development, NYC Housing Authority
  • Purnima Kapur,
    Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning
  • Rudolph Wynter, President & COO, FERC Regulated Business, National Grid
  • Søren Holm Johansen,
    Group Executive Director, Rambøll
  • Thomas Brostrøm,
    General Manager North America, DONG Energy
  • Vishaan Chakrabarti,
    Founder, PAU  and Associate Professor, Columbia University

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PUBLICERET: 31-08-2015 OPDATERET: 27-10-2018